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Crystal of the Rose

Crystal of the Rose

PEREIRA, I. Rice Although this is copy 22/99 of Pereira’s hardback poetry volume, of far more significance is the original watercolour on handmade woven paper, and signed by Pereira that accompanies it. The volume of poems was issued with a limitation of 300 numbered, autographed copies. 1-99 had an original watercolour. Although copies of the first 99 can be found for sale, there are no others available with the artwork with it (Or it with the artwork)! Red marbled cloth boards with with black cloth spine and gilt titles. Covered in a protective thick clear plastic cover. Limitation signed and numbered 22 to the last page. The watercolour measures 22.75 cm X 12 cm. This is held in a black protective sleeve, and with protective tissue. This is signed to the bottom edge. Xviii, 63 [iii] pp. 260 x 130 mm (10¼ x 5 inches). The watercolour and its protective sleeve are in a very good condition. Colours are still bright. The book is also in fine condition. Internally, there is a little darkening to the page edges, and a small water stain to the top of the rear pastedown. Copies of the limited untitled watercolours that accompanied this volume have reached as much as €3,600 ove the last few years, with the average auction price being €1500 for the watercolour alone. Irene Rice Pereira (1902–1971) was an American abstract artist, poet and philosopher who played a major role in the development of modernism in the United States. She is known for her work in the genres of geometric abstraction, abstract expressionism and lyrical abstraction. More than any other member of the American Abstract Artists, Irene Rice Pereira took to heart the principles of the Bauhaus. Assessing its importance, she wrote in 1939 that the Bauhaus "exerted the greatest influence on our entire social order." Pereira worked in an abstract vein throughout her life. She said abstraction offered "a wider range for experimentation and for clarifying the problems concerning pictorial presentation." Increasingly, though, she attempted to articulate her ideas in poetry and essays, the metaphysical tone of which often obscured rather than clarified her thoughts (with thanks to Smithsonian Institute).
POHÁDKA O NADŠENÍ. SATIRICKÝ ŽERT [The Fairy Tale of Innocence. Satire]

POHÁDKA O NADŠENÍ. SATIRICKÝ ŽERT [The Fairy Tale of Innocence. Satire]

HOLÁREK, Emil; Jasoslav Kvapil Original cardboard cover with embossed pale blue cover title and textile hasps. First and only edition of this visually charming, yet as regards the story also pertinently disturbing bibliophile edition, with 33 full-paged illustrations after indian ink or pencil drawings by Czech symbolist painter and printmaker Emil Holárek (1867-1919) after a fairy tale by Jaroslav Kvapil. The story is about a nymphet, who wears herself out between various institutions of state and society and the wickedness of their protagonists, finally ending up as a supposed culprit on the scaffold. The reproductions of Holáreks drawings are skilfully arranged by the Prague based printmaker Antonín Vítek by contrasting them with a ochre surface and ornamental frames and elegantly printed on cream machine-mould paper. Holárek’s unique and to some extent irritating style is marked by „a sombre pessimism". „He embodied a sense of sarcastic moralism in most of his series, reflecting on a deep tragic and romantic conception. Except for his connection to [Max] Klinger [whom he met when studying in Munich] he never allied with any school, nor did he have any followers." (Urban) 320 by 250mm (12½ by 9¾ inches). 4Mo. 35, [5]. pages. Apart from minor wear to the cover and a few foxing stains inside, present is a very clean copy of this attractive bibliophile publication. Otto M. Urban: Mysterious Distances. Symbolism and Art in the Bohemian Lans, 1880-1914. Catalogue on the occasion of the Exhibition in the Olomouc Museum of Art 201/15. Olomouc/Prague: 2014, pp. 106-09, with 7 illustrations, whereof 3 of comparable ink or pencil drawings; Thieme/Becker, vol. XVII, 326.
A Commonplace Book

A Commonplace Book

ANDERSON, John] Beautiful edition limited to 75 copies, Soft cover with paper label. 14 unfolded leaves printed in light brown and black, (some say red) each with a different type face; 6 wood engravings by John DePol. Also initials and finials. Bound by Pam & Don Rash. Pickering Press Bibliography, p. 72. Protected by a soft tissue sheet. 205 x 150 mm (8 x 6 inches). Spotless outside. Inside there are a few small foxing spots, mainly limited to the end papers. A near fine copy. John Anderson (born 1915), book designer, typographer and printer. Over the course of his six-decade career, Anderson has printed numerous books, broadsides, and catalogues as well as myriad invitations, keepsakes, advertisements, announcements, and other ephemera. The consistent high quality and clean design of Anderson's work have garnered him both awards and praise among printing circles and a high reputation with clients. Anderson embarked on his first commercial enterprise in 1934 at the age of 19, when he founded Bantam Press in Atlantic City, New Jersey. In 1946, Anderson founded Pickering Press, the imprint under which he continued to print throughout his career, which he named for the nineteenth-century printer, William Pickering. The press gained mounting respect and claimed such clients as the Philadelphia Art Museum and the Franklin Institute, as well as previous clients like Lanston and the University of Pennsylvania. Notable was Anderson's ongoing collaboration with wood engraver John De Pol, begun in the 1950s but intensified during this second incarnation of the press (post 1963). This collaboration resulted in numerous illustrated books, pamphlets, catalogues, and advertisements with engravings by De Pol; all bearing the Pickering imprint. Throughout his career, Anderson passed along his extensive knowledge of the craft of fine printing to numerous students. Several of his apprentices became successful printers themselves. Biography courtesty of the University of Delaware.
The International Jew - Complete in Four Volumes

The International Jew – Complete in Four Volumes

FORD, Henry] A complete set of all 4 volumes in this series. All four first editions. Green paper covers. Black titles to the front covers. No titles to spine. A series of articles originally published in the Dearborn Independent between May 1920 and May 1922. An example of American anti-semitic writings following World War 1 190 x 125 mm (7½ x 5 inches). 236, 256, 256, 246. pages. Overall in fairly good condition. The green paper covers are slightly darkened, but still mainly clean. There is a slight nicking to the head of the spine to each volume. Volume 3 has had a tear across the front cover neatly repaired. The rear paper cover is missing from this volume. Owner’s Signature to each volume. Pages clean but slightly darkened. The articles were either written, sponsored or directed by industrialist Henry Ford. Henry Ford has been called "the most influential American anti-Semite" of his time and his writings and proclamations "revealed the existence of a strong anti-Semitic bias in the citadels of heavy industry." In his book *A Mask for Privilege: anti-Semitism in America" Carey McWilliams had this to say about Henry Ford: "Henry Ford's Dearborn Independent in the issue of May 20. 1920, suddenly discovered 'the Jewish problem.' There had been premonitory rumblings from the Sage of Dearborn. During the war years, he had vaguely intimated that a 'small clique' was pushing Wilson toward war. Ford had become by 1920 a world-famous figure, an oracle whose views were eagerly solicited on every domestic and international question. It would be difficult to overestimate the damage which Ford's vicious, persistent, and heavily financed anti-Semitic campaign caused the Jews of the world. From 1920 to 1927 the Dearborn Independent conducted a relentless anti-Semitic campaign. (Kudos to Aeolian Books, WA. for this research).
The Electors after the Close of the Poll

The Electors after the Close of the Poll, May 13th 1807

CARICATURE A finely drawn and hand-coloured original ‘grotesque’ caricature entitled, "The Electors after the Close of the Poll, May 13th, 1807". At the foot is written ‘we three, fools be.’ Some marking to the edges and the lower lettering has at some time had a paper slip pasted over it, now detached but with some paste marks. A touch of marking / handling otherwise. Overall in very good condition. The caricature is in particularly nice condition. On May 13th, 1807, William Wilberforce, Lord Milton, the Hon. Henry Lascelles (afterwards Earl of Harewood), and Mr. Walter Fawkes were nominated as parliamentary candidates in the Castle-Yard at York. This was the first contested election in the seat for 66 years. The struggle was also memorable on account of the vast expense that Lascelles incurred. William Wilberforce, whose party almost entirely lacked organization, was head of the poll. There were concerns that Wilberforce allied himself with a candidate whose wealth was based on the slave trade, and he was forced to write to the electors to explain himself. Perhaps it is Lascelles and Wilberforce who are mocked as the electors here. The caricature has been drawn onto the reverse of a scarce caricature engraving, of "Mr Riley in Solomon". This is most probably Samuel William Ryley (1759-1837), actor, and author of The Itinerant, or Memoirs of an Actor, 1808. 208mm x 248mm. Wilberforce, William (1759–1833), politician, philanthropist, and slavery abolitionist. Following the abolition of the slave trade, the Tories called an election. for the first and only time in his career he faced a poll for Yorkshire. Confronting as he did the great wealth and influence of both the Fitzwilliam and the Harewood interests, it was a testimony to the personal esteem in which he was held, and to his effectiveness in representing the county over the previous quarter-century, that he was returned at the head of the poll. It was alleged, however, that Wilberforce had compromised his independence by a coalition with Henry Lascelles, the Tory candidate. Wilberforce denied the charge and defended himself in a published letter to the electors. He acknowledged that some of his supporters had indeed also solicited votes for Lascelles, but this was without his sanction, and it would have been improper for him to constrain their actions. Lascelles, Henry, second earl of Harewood (1767–1841), Politician. His family wealth came from the slave trade in Barbados. After being elected twice as MP for Yorkshire, he stood again in 1807 - Lascelles, who was opposed by clothiers threatened by the removal of protection for their trade, and subjected to polemic about his family's slavery interests, was beaten by Lord Milton. Ryley [formerly Romney], Samuel William (1759–1837), Actor and author. Educated in Kensington & Fulham, although apprenticed to the woollen trade in Yorkshire, he eloped with his master’s daughter and the married at Gretna Green. He was a jobbing actor, who later won a little more fame with his autobiography. "Ryley's life exhibits, with painful clarity, the precarious existence of the supporting actor of his day—snatching, at one moment, at dreams of fame and, at the next, facing the reality of poor shelter and meagre rations" (ODNB). This caricature seems true to life, as he was described as being very thin.